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the former acting attorney general set to contradict the white house story on michael flynn's talks with the russians. what she'll say and how it could affect the broader investigation into russia's election meddling. president obama with a personal defense of his namesake health law. his message to congress as the senate prepares to take up the bill to repeal and replace obamacare. and a political newcomer will assume the french presidency as a populist wave
falls short. we'll have emmanuel macron's early message to unify france. good morning and welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> and i'm dave briggs. it is monday, may 8th, 4:00 a.m. in the east. romans, one thing i miss about my old life is missing late-night sporting events. i got to see live baseball on the way to work this morning because a game went 18 innings, six-plus hours. >> wow! >> we'll show you that later on. but of course, we start with politics and the investigation into russian meddling back in the spotlight today with a long-awaited testimony from a key witness. the senate judiciary committee hears this afternoon from former acting attorney general sally yates and former director of national intelligence james clapper. >> yates is set to contradict the white house story about the firing of then national security adviser michael flynn. sources say she'll tell the panel she warned the white house forcefully about then national security adviser michael flynn three weeks before flynn was fired.
cnn's ryan nobles has a preview for us this morning from washington. >> reporter: good morning, christine and dave. sources tell cnn that she's prepared to set the record straight about her role in the events that eventually led to national security adviser michael flynn being asked to leave his post. at the core of her testimony will be a meeting that she had with white house counsel don mcgann 18 days before flynn was removed as national security adviser. in that meeting, yates is prepared to testify that she gave a forceful warning to the white house about flynn's contact with russian ambassador sergey kislyak. at that point, flynn had denied that he had talked to kislyak about u.s. sanctions on russia. after flynn left office, the white house admitted that yates had warned them about flynn's interactions with the russian official but described the interaction as more of a heads-up, essentially bringing to their attention that flynn may not have been honest with the vice president. yates, however, remembers the conversation differently and is expected to testify that she expressed serious concerns and made it clear that flynn should be fired. the former acting attorney general was also forced out of
her post by the trump administration after she refused to defend the white house's controversial travel ban. her testimony, while potentially explosive, could be tempered a bit, because she will probably not be able to recount specifics of certain events because of concerns over revealing classified information in an open setting. christine and dave? >> all right, thank you, ryan. new pushback this morning on efforts to repeal obamacare from president obama himself, in boston to receive the john f. kennedy profile in courage award. the former president urged members of congress to have courage as well. >> there was a reason why health care reform had not been accomplished before. it was hard! and it is my fervent hope and the hope of millions that regardless of party, such courage is still possible. that today's members of
congress, regardless of party, are willing to look at the facts and speak the truth, even when it contradicts party positions. >> all right, this morning it's hard to find much excitement in the senate about the health care bill sent over by the house last week. one key republican vote, maine moderate susan collins, says the senate will return to the drawing board. >> the house bill is not going to come before us. the senate is starting from scratch. we're going to draft our own bill. i think we will do so and that we will come up with a whole new, fresh approach that solves the legitimate flaws that do exist with the aca. i would like to see us put together a bipartisan group to solve this problem. >> that is refreshing. health and human services secretary tom price defending the house bill on cnn's "state of the union."
price rejected the congressional budget office estimate of huge cuts to medicaid, claiming spending will actually increase, and he says states will have more flexibility to care for medicaid patients in a "better way." >> house members after voting for repeal are now back home in their districts, some already facing angry town halls like idaho congressman raul labrador, rilling up constituents with this comment. >> you're band-aiding people on medicaid, except dying. you are making a mandate -- >> no, we don't want anybody to die. you know, that line is so indefensible. nobody dies because they don't have access to health care. >> don't have access to health care. >> yeah, those words may come back to haunt mr. labrador. meanwhile, president trump's travel ban goes before a federal appeals court today. the administration challenging a judge's ruling from march that blocked the president's travel
ban. a second version of the ban that barred visitors from six majority muslim countries. a maryland federal judge relied on candidate trump's own statements from the campaign, defined anti-muslim bias. >> one unusual twist to the hearing in virginia, it's heard by a full court, instead of a three-judge panel, and 10 of the 15 judges on the court were appointed by either clinton or obama, and cnn has learned that one of the conservatives on the court has recused himself. any further appeal would go straight to the supreme court. texas governor greg abbott pulled a fast one overnight by quietly signing the state's controversial bill banning sanctuary cities. protests were expected for the ceremonial bill signing, but abbott avoided them by putting pen to paper on facebook live sunday, this after the legislator green-lighted mandates last week for local government and law enforcement to follow federal immigration and detainer laws. elected officials risk facing criminal penalties if they don't
comply and could be removed from office. abbott saying public safety is his top priority, noting the measure will prevent what he calls lawlessness in the lonestar state. the law goes into effect september 1st. all right, emmanuel macron vowing to unite france after a decisive victory in the presidential election. the 39-year-old macron crushing his right-wing rival, marine le pen, with 66% of the vote, and he did it without a traditional party affiliation. we go live to paris, bring in cnn's melissa bell. melissa, the french president-elect really has no experience governing in politics and is about to take over a deeply divided country. >> reporter: a deeply divided country. he has yet not just to build a parliamentary majority in the elections but get a single m fonk his name, so this is a man with his work cut out for him. up here we expect him to make his way up the champs delace,
laying a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier. today marks the 72nd anniversary of the victory over europe celebration, end of world war ii, essentially. president macron will be in his first official engagement, taking part alongside francois hollande and then macron will resign from the leadership of the movement he created a year ago to begin this most unusual political adventure. really, christine it can't be said enough, no one believed he could do it when he set out to create this party, when he announced his candidateure. what happened in france marks a redrawing of the political map. he saw off the far right with 60% of the vote, and along the way, he saw off both the mainstream left and the mainstream right in this country that have shared power since 1958. france is really waking up to a new political reality this morning. >> it is fascinating to watch
the euro at a six-month high, european markets all higher. they like, at least now today, what they think he will stand for. thank you so much, melissa bell. so many people have said there was an economic nationalism sweeping through some of these elections and would the trump effect take place and propel marine le pen from the right to the presidency of france, but nope. voters rejected that. >> right, because you had netherlands and austria with similar elections and similar results as france. we'll talk to christiane amanpour about what this means for that global populist movement in a bit. >> about nine minutes past the hour. so, what's in store for france and is that populist movement slowing down? christiane stops by.
holds for france, let's turn to cnn international correspondent chryst yawn a.istiane amanpour. she joins us live from paris. great to have you. what this means for france in a moment, but what about this global populist wave that seemed to be going all around the world. what does it mean for that movement? >> well, certainly, it's hit a brick wall here in france. as you were mentioning, the netherlands, austria slowed it down after brexit and the trump victory in the united states. and of course, brexit and trump voters and trump and brexit, you know, sort of political leaders believe that this was going to be a worldwide, certainly west democracywide movement. but as i say, france has now put up a brick wall against this, and it has been so evident from the moment that emmanuel macron won. he came out for his victory speech with this long, solitary march to the "ode to joy," which is the european anthem, and that was a big message, and as one
analyst in europe has said today, it proves that open, liberal, democratic economic and political progress is actually can be electoral dynamite and not kryptonite. so, that kind of sums it up. >> you know, quite literally and figuratively, a new generation of politician in france, no question. he's 39 years old. he is, you know, personally popular. his wife, his spouse is incredibly popular in the press right now, and he will have to work with president trump. he is someone who has sort of been elected as the anti-donald trump, but he will have to work with the american leader, won't he? >> reporter: well, absolutely. and already you've seen very quickly after the results were official, donald trump sent a tweet of congratulations to emmanuel macron and saying that he was looking forward to working with him. and of course, they will be meeting towards the end of this month at the g7 summit, perhaps at the nato summit as well.
remember that, as you said, macron's policies were diametrically opposed to donald trump, but trump has done some course correction since become egging president, accepting nato as a vital alliance. you know, he's a little bit sort of squishy on the eu, but perhaps he will hear from all his eu leaders, when he meets them, the vital importance of this western alliance for the economy, for security, for all the things that all the western democracies have to work with in common. but i will say this, macron did win a convincing win, call it even a landslide. it's about 66%, if not just a little bit more. marine le pen, the far right extremist -- some even call her a white nationalist, xenophobe, anti-immigrant, antifree trade -- has won even less than she expected. she says she'll completely rename, rebrand, transform her movement. nonetheless, she won 11 million votes, all to say that a
significant number of french people yesterday abstained, a significant number spoiled their ballot. this is not, you know, this is not sort of a nirvana, it's not a rainbow for emmanuel macron. there's a lot of work to be done and his what his main spokesman told me about that last night after the results came out. >> we're feeling happy. we're feeling relieved, but we're feeling that we're showing to the world that we won against populist movement and it was important for us to do that. so, we are happy, but we are conscious about the huge responsibility we have. it is just the beginning of something big. we have now to win the next step, which is going to be a legislative election in one month. we want all people in france to be united. >> reporter: so, you can see, you know, he came out last night, and the first thing he did was call for unity, and he
said to all of those people who either didn't vote for him or voted for him as the anti-le pen candidate, as he said, to defend the republic against that extremism, he said i hear you and i respect you. and christine, you know because you've been covering the economy for a long, long time, very, very importantly, he got a huge boost from the germans. the german foreign minister said we want macron to succeed, but in order for him to succeed, we need to adjust our financial, economic, social, political project. in other words, stop forcing austerity down people's throats and allow macron to put in the kind of reforms as needed. but already we've got the french union today -- he's not even in yet -- are planning to demonstrate not far from where we are. so, it's a fight ahead and it will be really tough. >> yeah, it will be. and he's a globalist. he supports those european institutions. but you know, i think one of the reasons why he won is because he's also said that they need reform, that they need reforms.
so, he is sort of pro globalization, but he also is for new reforms to fix it to benefit everyone. and i think that that's an important distinction in terms of his platform. all right, christiane, thank you so much. we'll talk to you again in a few minutes. investors are also cheering on macron. you can see the results of this election in the markets. the euro hitting a six-month high against the dollar. markets here and around the world are climbing higher. the euro shot up to above $1.10, its highest level since november. this election was a threat to the euro. of course, macron's far right opponent, marine le pen, wanted to pull out of the european union. and after britain's exit last year, investors worried about a so-called frexit that would mean the end of the currency. the markets like macron, stocks jumped last week when the former prime minister rose in the polls and the victory may translate into a win on wall street today. u.s. futures briefly touched a record high overnight before slipping back. japan's nikkei hit its highest
level since december 2015, a 17-month high in the nikkei. it's up more than 2%, a 2% move in those indices is remarkable. >> a global sigh of relief. >> yep. >> the next major election, i guess germany in september. >> yep. all right, another american detained in north korea. now some surprising comments from north korea just a day before pivotal elections there in the south. a live report on all of it, next. you won't see these folks they have businesses to run. they have passions to pursue. how do they avoid trips to the post office? stamps.com mail letters, ship packages, get a 4 week trial, plus $100 in extras right on your comput including postage and a digital scale. go to stamps.com/tv and never go to the post office again.
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between the north and south. this follows news that a fourth american has now been detained by pyongyang. cnn senior international correspondent ivan watson following the developments live in seoul. good morning to you, ivan. what's the latest on this last american detained in pyongyang? >> reporter: well, he's in a very serious predicament right now, dave, unfortunately. this is a man who's been identified as kim hak song. he is basically a professor who was teaching at pyongyang university of science and technology. he is the second now academic u.s. citizen who had been teaching there who's been detained by the north koreans in a little over two weeks and subsequently accused, essentially, of hostile acts against the north korean regime. the other man goes by the name tony kim, and he had also been teaching there for several weeks, and he was grabbed. and part of why this is so delicate and potentially dangerous is, of course, we've
got the confrontation between the u.s. and north korea over its nuclear program and saber rattling on both sides, but then you also have the fact that pyongyang and washington don't have direct diplomatic relations, so the u.s. government cannot negotiate directly on behalf of these american citizens. that has to go through the swedish embassy. and just as an indicator, we know of at least two other americans who are in north korean custody. they go as otto warmbier. he was a uva student, 21 years old when he was grabbed in january of 2016, and kim dong-chul. they have received sentences of 10 and 15 years of hard labor and are still languishing in north korean prisons. dave? >> little, if any, reaction from the united states. also, an unexpected olive branch of sorts from north korean state media. now, why would pyongyang be somewhat conciliatory towards the south right now right before their elections? >> reporter: well, we're on the
eve of these elections, presidential elections here in south korea, and the front-runner right now is a left-leaning, liberal candidate named mun jae-in, and if he wins -- and he's ahead by double digits -- that would bring an end to ten years of conservative party rule here in south korea. and part of why that's a big deal is the conservatives have traditionally been much more hardlined against pyongyang and working much more closely on a military-to-military approach with the u.s. this politician has indicated he'd like to try diplomacy, and he's actually lined up with the trump administration, which has said, hey, the strategy of strategic patience that was pursued by the obama administration and previous administrations has failed. that's what this south korean politician has said as well. so, you have this north korean newspaper's blaming, basically, the tension on the conservatives over the last ten years, and that's basically a backhanded
endorsement of this left-leaning politician, now leading so much in the polls. dave? >> there's questions over whether diplomacy's really possible with kim jong-un. ivan watson, thanks so much. we appreciate it, live in seoul. fascinating situation. >> it really is. >> continues to develop out of pyongyang. 28 minutes past the hour. the white house says sally yates only gave them a heads-up about michael flynn's talks with the russians, but she's ready to testify that her warning was much more on that. more on a big day on capitol hill next.
did the white house mislead the public on warnings about michael flynn's talks with the russians? the former acting attorney general ready to say they did in high-stakes testimony today. president obama with an open plea to congress over his namesake law. what he said as the senate gets ready to work on its bill to repeal and replace obamacare.
and in france, a political outsider set to take the presidency in a full-throated rejection of far right nationalism. we'll tell you what emmanuel macron said as he tried to heal his nation's divisions. > and what a fascinating election that's been. >> hasn't it? >> from the personal stories to the impact across europe and france. welcome back to "early start." i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. thanks for joining us this monday morning. a lot to get to. the investigation into russian meddling in the election is under the spotlight with long-awaited testimony. a subcommittee hears this afternoon from former acting attorney general sally yates and former director of national intelligence james clapper. >> yates is set to contradict the white house story about the firing of then national security adviser michael flynn. sources say she'll tell the panel she warned the white house forcefully about then national security adviser michael flynn three weeks before flynn was
fired. cnn's ryan nobles has a preview from washington. >> reporter: good morning, christine and dave. sources tell cnn that she's prepared to set the record straight about her role in the events that eventually led to national security adviser michael flynn being asked to leave his post. at the core of her testimony will be a meeting that she had with white house counsel don mcgann 18 days before flynn was removed as national security adviser. in that meeting, yates is prepared to testify that she gave a forceful warning to the white house about flynn's contact with russian ambassador sergey kislyak. at that point, flynn had denied that he had talked to kislyak about u.s. sanctions on russia. after flynn left office, the white house admitted that yates had warned them about flynn's interactions with the russian official but described the interaction as more of a heads-up, essentially bringing to their attention that flynn may not have been honest with the vice president. yates, however, remembers the conversation differently and is expected to testify that she expressed serious concerns and made it clear that flynn should be fired. the former acting attorney
general was also forced out of her post by the trump administration after she refused to defend the white house's controversial travel ban. her testimony, while potentially explosive, could be tempered a bit because she will probably not be able to recount specifics of certain events because of concerns over revealing classified information in an open setting. christine and dave? >> all right, ryan nobles, thanks so much. new pushback this morning on efforts to repeal obamacare from president obama, in boston to receive the the john f. kennedy profile in courage award. the former president urged members of congress to have courage as well. >> there was a reason why health care reform had not been accomplished before. it was hard! and it is my fervent hope and the hope of millions that regardless of party, such courage is still possible. that today's members of
congress, regardless of party, are willing to look at the facts and speak the truth, even when it contradicts party positions. >> all right, this morning, it's hard to find much excitement in the senate about the health care bill sent over by the house last week. one key republican vote, maine moderate susan collins, says the senate will start over. >> the house bill is not going to come before us. the senate is starting from scratch. we're going to draft our own bill. i think we will do so and that we will come up with a whole new, fresh approach that solves the legitimate flaws that do exist with the aca. i would like to see us put together a bipartisan group to solve this problem. >> health and human services secretary tom price defending the house bill on cnn's "state of the union." price rejected the cbo estimate
of huge cuts to medicaid, claiming spending will actually increase, and he says states will have more flexibility to care for medicaid patients "in a better way." house members, after voting for repeal, are now back home in their districts, some already facing angry town halls like idaho congressman raul labrador, riling up constituents with this surprising comment. >> you are band-aiding people on medicaid, except dying. you are making a mandate -- >> we don't want anybody to die. you know, that line is so indefensible. nobody dies because they don't have access to health care. [ crowd uproar ] >> nobody -- if you couldn't hear that, nobody dies because they don't have access to health care. >> and you will hear that again. you will likely hear that on a campaign ad across the united states. >> i'm sure. >> as we head to 2018 midterms. >> the health care -- the health act repeal threatens one of the best sources of jobs growth in
the u.s., health care. look no further than the latest jobs report. 37,000 jobs added in april alone. in fact, the health care sector has grown by more than 1.1 million jobs since the obamacare exchange opened in 2014. that's as many jobs as factories and construction sites combined during that same period. the health care hiring trend started years before obamacare, but the 2010 law sped up spending. in fact, the sector is adding jobs at three times the rate of the rest of the economy. let me say that again, dave. health care is adding jobs at three times the rate of the rest of the economy. hospitals are the largest private-sector employers in many cities, and unlike retail, another growing industry, these are good-paying jobs. the average employee earns about 28 bucks an hour or $56,000 per year. the jobs are also mostly unionized and difficult to outsource. that's why it is worried that the republicans' plans to replace obamacare may put a brake on this and may lead to
employment cuts. and businesses and workers may be hurt as well. warren buffett speaking on sunday said health care, not taxes, is the biggest threat to business growth. >> medical costs are the tapeworm of american economic competitiveness. >> the tapeworm of american economic competitiveness. that really sort of crystallized it, right? he added that the new bill would be a boom to the super rich like him, not everyday americans. he said the new bill gives guys like him a big tax cut. >> and as part of that conference where thousands of people ventured from across the country to listen to him speak in front of a packed stadium. >> his investor conference, it's almost popelike, actually. >> it is. quite a journey. meanwhile, emmanuel macron vowing to unite france after a decisive victory in the presidential election. the 39-year-old macron crushing his right wing rival, marine le
pen, with 66% of the vote. let's go live to paris and bring in cnn's melissa bell. melissa, great to have you. the french president-elect has no experience governing and is about to take over a deeply divided country in one of the largest economies of the world. what is the reaction there in france? >> reporter: a great deal of excitement on one hand but worry as well. he knows the weight that is on his shoulders, part of which is simply the expectations that now exist, at least amongst the 66% of the french electorate who voted for him. now the president-elect will carry out his first official engagement this morning. he will be arriving here with the current president, francois hollande, to lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier, marking the 22nd anniversary of the victory over europe in 1945, the end of world war ii. the two men, it will be impressive watching them come here to lay this wreath, not only because it will be emmanuel macron's first real official engagement after last night's celebration, but also because it
isn't simply that he saw off the far right last night, dave. he also along the way of this very improbable political adventure of his saw off both the mainstream right and mainstream left here in france, amongst which the socialist party of francois hollande, and he was very much considered when he launched his improbable candidacy months ago that nobody thought would lead him to the elysees palace. he swore off his party before announcing his run for the presidency. in the next few minutes, the two men will come here ahead of an important transition next week when president-elect macron becomes the youngest ever president of france next week, dave. >> 39 years old. melissa bell, a remarkable election there in france. thank you. we could talk about this one for hours. i mean, the youngest head of state since napoleon at 39 years old. like trump, a political novice. >> a political novice. >> fascinating. >> but unlike trump, a
french voters are rejecting the far right by delivering a victory to centrist independent emmanuel macron. france's president-elect seen by many as the best hope to keep the eu from unraveling. for more on what the future holds for france, we turn to cnn chief international correspondent christiane amanpour. she joins us live from paris. she's been there through the weekend for this runoff election. and this is a fascinating victory, and it's decisive, isn't it? you could call this a landslide. >> reporter: it is, honestly, by any numbers, it is a landslide. he gets about 66%, compared to
about 33% for his opponent. but don't forget, there were a significant number of abstentions and spoiled ballots, so he's not out of the woods yet. he's promised reform. there's a lot of pain here in france and around europe. but of course, this was not just one of the most, if not the most important election in the last 60 years here in france, but also in the eu and for the eu since the whole eu project began, because this could have turned the eu into a massive failure. had marine le pen won, she was promising a frexit, she was promising to ditch the euro itself, and the whole entire bloc could have come tumbling down. that's why there have been so much congratulations from europe, nato has congratulated him, foreign leaders from all over europe have congratulated him. but here's what his spokeswoman said to me last night, that yes, we have turned the tide, but yes, we also have massive challenges ahead. >> we're feeling happy. we're feeling relieved.
but we feel that we're showing to the world that we won against and we're happy but we're conscious about the huge responsibility that we have. it's just the beginning of something big. we have now to win the next step, which is going to be a legislative election in one month. we want all people in france to be united. >> reporter: so, you can imagine, the election's over. it was very bitter. it was very hard fought. it was full of surprises. the established parties fell off the cliff. two outsiders -- well, marine le pen has been around for a long time, but emmanuel macron never elected before, although he had had ministerial portfolio under president hollande, but nonetheless, this was a surprise grouping that went into the second round. and now, in a month, just over a month, they're going to have legislative elections.
so, he now has to get the parliamentarians to be able to shore up his policies and be able to give him the ability to have some legislative power in parliament, where it absolutely counts. that's the next hurdle. christine? >> and christiane, back here, this is front page, above-the-fold news on every single national paper, the "washington post," "the new york times," the "wall street journal." certainly, important globally in terms of that populist wave, but why is it so resonating, do you think, here in the united states? and you had president obama, you had hillary clinton, donald trump weighing in ahead of the election. >> reporter: well, for several reasons, because it really was a test of the entire western alliance, and it was a test of whether this nationalist-populist wave was going to continue. you know that brexit and nigel farage had thrown up a huge sort of gauntlet, if you'd like, saying this is the whole wave of what we're going to see across the west, and then it happened
across the atlantic where you are, the trump win was a surprise, and it seemed to shore up this idea that nationalism, populist policies were going to win the day, that the whole western democratic world was going antiestablishment. and it's true, there's been a lot of, you know, politics has changed. there's no doubt about it. but in the west here in europe, france was going to be the big test. and even though the netherlands sort of put down the anti-immigrant policies of the far right there, even though austria did that as well, france was the big, big test, because it's the second biggest economy in europe, the sixth biggest economy in the world, and what france did was going to be considered incredibly, incredibly important. so, it's a marker, it's a test, it's a turning point, and that's why it's been so phenomenally under the microscope. and of course, president trump had thrown his support, as it was, via tweets and the other such, towards marine le pen, without so far as saying it. basically, people believed that
that's where he was headed, and there were tweets just before the first round when there was a shooting here on the champs elysees that people believed trump was behind le pen. he's now come out with an immediate congratulations to macron right after the election result and looking forward to working with macron. and macron's spokeswoman said to me last night, look, whatever donald trump thought before this election, now macron is dramatically elected, trump is dramatically elected, and everybody has to work together for the big issues at hand, not just terrorism, for instance, not just stabilizing people's work life and the employment picture around the world, but also for france, for instance, the climate accords are very, very important. and she says macron will make a big, big push for the united states to remain inside the paris climate accords. there's a lot on the agenda going ahead, but this is a big marker that's been laid down. and for people, you know, watching, politics, watching the economy, this is a big deal what
just happened here. >> oh, yeah, absolutely. we're seeing the markets respond already, six-month high for the euro against the u.s. dollar and global markets responding. christiane amanpour, so nice to see you this morning. thank you. >> thank you. >> from paris. america's most powerful economist has a solution for slow growth. tell you what it is next. where are mom and dad? 'saved money on motorcycle insurance with geico! goin' up the country. love mom and dad' i'm takin' a nap. dude, you just woke up! ♪ ♪ i'm goin' up the country, baby don't you wanna go? ♪ ♪ i'm goin' up the country, baby don't you wanna go? ♪ geico motorcycle, great rates for great rides.
♪ what could have happened, not any channel ♪ ♪ tell me, where in the world is kellyanne conway ♪ >> well, she may be out of sight, but kellyanne conway very much on the mind of writers at "snl," in a sketch they called back to the classic '90s pbs game show "where in the world is carmen san diego," recruiting young sleuths to help find kellyanne. >> she hasn't been seen in weeks. no one knows where she is or
what she's up to. gum shoes, your mission today is to answer this question -- ♪ where in the world is kellyanne conway ♪ >> now, are you guys ready to help us find kellyanne conway? >> well, we don't want to find her. >> okay! i guess that's our show! seven weeks in a row and no one wants to find that woman. ♪ where in the world is kellyanne conway ♪ >> i used to love that computer game, carmen san diego. but it is interesting, she was arguably the biggest force in him getting elected. >> that is true. >> and the chief spokesman. and now she's there. let's get a check on "cnn money stream" this morning. global markets mixed following the french elections. u.s. futures are down after hitting a record high overnight. we'll see if they pop back up
here. even though investors like the results, reaction is pretty much muted because markets froze last week during the lead-up. the s&p 500 and nasdaq even at records, the euro also hit a six-month high against the dollar overnight. more earnings on deck for wall street this week with investors keeping an eye on those retail brands we just showed you like jcpenney, kohl's and macy's. despite a strong season overall, retail veers have been turning weak results with layoffs at many of the companies. we'll watch the earnings. the u.s. economy would be 5% bigger if women worked at the same rate as men, and i mean more women working. that's according to federal reserve chair janet yellen. women's participation in the labor market is almost 15% lower than men. janet yellen said in the speech friday, better policies can break down those barriers that women face to take on full-time careers or to stay in them. two examples she gave -- expanded parental leave and more affordable child care. and i will tell you, it's very rare to hear a fed chief speak
so frankly about what's holding women back in the workplace, and, frankly, how that holds back the american economy. speaking of working women, actress maggie siff, she stars in showtime's "billions," a powerful woman in a fictional hedge fund world, where for her character, at least, it's remarkable, there is no glass ceiling. and like many women, in real life, she tells me the art of work and the art of motherhood overlap. >> i talk about like privilege. i had just come off of a tv show i had been on for six years, "sons of anarchy." so i was able to grant myself time, you know. i was like, i put in a lot of time, i earned some money, i and that just felt like, you know, the gift. and then i was like once i had my child, i was like i don't want to go back to work and i was just waiting for something that made me feel like, oh, right, it made me feel that part
of myself again. >> she's on this month's cover of new york moves magazine and she told me that it is a privilege and a gift, but it shouldn't be for every woman. every woman should be able to make those decisions. but she was able to take some time off and bank her dollars and choose the next thing. a lot of women don't have that chis. choice. >> she's fabulous in billions. "early start" continues right now. the former acting attorney general set to contradict the white house's story on michael flynn's talks with the russians. what she'll say and how it could fakt t faerkt t affect the broader investigation. and the senate prepares to take up the bill to repeal and replace obamacare. >> and p